The retriever mascot is a Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the state dog of Maryland. There is a statue of a retriever known as True Grit that stands in front of the Retriever Activities Center (RAC). UMBC's costumed mascot has been known both as True Grit and Fever. UMBC also once had a live mascot named Campus Sam. Today, there is a live mascot named Gritty. In 2007, True revealed he had a sister, Trudy Grit, at the volleyball pep rally. She was used as a mascot as well.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of UMBC in 2006, the University held the "March of the Retrievers," a procession of 40 Chesapeake Bay Retrievers from the True Grit statue to the University Commons and then on to the UMBC Soccer Stadium, site of the Homecoming soccer match.
1999 NEC Regular Season Champions; 1999 NEC Tournament Champions; NCAA College Cup First Round 1999; America East Regular Season Champions 2003, 2013, 2014; America East Tournament Champions 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014; NCAA College Cup Second Round 2010, 2012, 2013, NCAA College Cup Final Four 2014
NCWA National Championship- 10th place team: 2010, 9th place team: 2011. Individual National Champions: Alex Broadwater (149 lbs) 2008. Individual All Americans: Alex Broadwater 2007, 2008, 2009; Michael Hornzell 2007; Angelo Ambridge 2010; Zach Coe 2010; Daniel Carr 2011; Kekura Musa 2011
Ice Hockey (Men)
ACHA National Tournament 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014. ACHA National Semifinalist 2010, 2014. Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Hockey Champions 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014. Individual All-Americans: Nik Jost 2012, 2013.
In Spring of 2014, UMBC announced that a brand new, $85 million stadium and events center is to be built and opened sometime during the 2017-2018 school year. The new stadium will host Retriever basketball and volleyball games, as well as host convocations, speaker events, and other community events.
The UMBC Riser is the official fight song of the UMBC Retrievers, and was written by Dr. George LaNoue, a professor of policy sciences
Stand up and cheer, UMBC Forward we go, to another victory. Retrievers, be bold, We back you as we stand, Black and gold, the best in Maryland. Rise up and sing! Stand up and roar! Make echoes ring from the mountains to the shore. Baltimore's pride, our alma mater grand, UMBC, the best in any land!
UMBC's alma mater debuted in 2006 in conjunction with the 40th anniversary festivities. The tune is American Hymn by Matthias Keller, and the lyrics and arrangement are by Jari Villanueva, former director of UMBC's pep band.
Hail alma mater! OUR UMBC, Boldly bearing your colors, the whole world to see, Striving together in true unity, Black, gold forever we're reminded of thee, Proudly we hail to thee, OUR UMBC!
Throughout the ages, OUR UMBC, Songs and memories still echo with true clarity, Knowledge and wisdom and truth we found here, Friendships we treasure that will last through the years, Proudly we hail to thee, OUR UMBC!